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Should I be concerned about my HCG level?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ladies,

 This is my third pregnancy in the last 9 months, and because of the first (and then second) m/c, my doc was drawing hcg levels every couple of days when I first realized I was pregnant. I had my first "real" OB appt on Tues at 7 weeks, and he did a basic OB profile but DID NOT run a beta hcg. Everything looks fine, but I was still curious, so I had him add the hcg test. I got a call back this morning saying that it was 6100 on Tuesday, and that that was "wonderful" according to the nurse. I asked her where that falls in the range, and she said it was within the range for 6-8 weeks.

Unfortunately, I got off the phone with her and did a google search for a levels chart and according to the two charts I found online, 6100 would be low for 7 weeks.

Am I just being neurotic? Should I trust the nurse and not pay attention to the online charts? As far as I can tell, I am still having pregnancy symptoms, so should I just be happy that it appears I am still pregnant TODAY and not worry? Or should I ask to have it drawn again to see if it has doubled since Tuesday? It could be neverending...

What are your experiences with hcg levels?

post #2 of 9
If the test is covered, or cheap out of pocket, do it...if for no other reason than to put your mind at ease. Stress isn't going to help you enjoy your pregnancy. smile.gif

Just my two cents.
post #3 of 9

hCG levels vary so much from pregnancy to pregnancy that it's kind of hard to really tell much from just one result. You have to base your findings on two or more sets of beta results over 48 hour periods, as you clearly know.. 

hCG levels stop elevating and begin to decrease after several weeks. I'm pretty sure that six weeks is when they supposedly can begin to drop. They also aren't super reliable after they get to a certain number. They should only be used to pinpoint a progressing pregnancy very early on. 

I think, at this point, you shouldn't worry so much about your hCG levels but focus on your symptoms and u/s findings. Don't read into the symptoms too much, though. I'm sure that you know those can come and go as they please. 

Hoping for the best for you! 

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you!

I think I just need to chill.

I am on progesterone- and those levels are great. So if this baby doesn't stick around, no amount of progesterone or anything else I can do is going to prevent it from happening.

Gosh, it's just so hard to walk around with a baby inside of you, not knowing what's going on, and being fearful for that little life. Isn't THAT the truth. 

So it would be better for both of us if I just calm down out a bit, yeah? And have a little faith.

post #5 of 9

Haha! I am right there with you! 

I am ALWAYS worrying. I have a corpus luteum cyst on my right ovary (that wasn't there in my first pregnancy five months ago) and I freaked out about that for a little while. 

I don't worry AS much anymore. I'm doing the best I can and praying that that gets me a healthy baby in eight months! 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by bambihelton View Post

Haha! I am right there with you! 

I am ALWAYS worrying. I have a corpus luteum cyst on my right ovary (that wasn't there in my first pregnancy five months ago) and I freaked out about that for a little while. 

I don't worry AS much anymore. I'm doing the best I can and praying that that gets me a healthy baby in eight months! 

 

You get a corpus luteum cyst from the follicle that released the egg during ovulation. The cyst is what sustains the pregnancy until the placenta is firmly attached and takes over. I don't think it's possible to not have one during (a viable?) pregnancy. Mine is on my left ovary this time.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by firespiritmelody View Post

 

You get a corpus luteum cyst from the follicle that released the egg during ovulation. The cyst is what sustains the pregnancy until the placenta is firmly attached and takes over. I don't think it's possible to not have one during (a viable?) pregnancy. Mine is on my left ovary this time.

Oh! That's interesting. My doctor made it sound as if it wasn't actually "normal," but that it was seen a lot. Mine is about 4cm wide, so I felt like it was pretty big, but I think that's about normal. 

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by bambihelton View Post

Oh! That's interesting. My doctor made it sound as if it wasn't actually "normal," but that it was seen a lot. Mine is about 4cm wide, so I felt like it was pretty big, but I think that's about normal. 

 

Hmm, I don't know what a "normal" size is... I wonder if that's just a little bigger then normal? I wish Doc's would remember that they're talking to regular people and drop the "doctoreese"! He probably has no idea he freaked you out!

post #9 of 9
I have been obsessing a little about HCG levels too, so when I read through this thread I was reminded that my HCG levels were 32,000 when it was checked while I was miscarrying our baby in Feb. AND, the baby measured 8 weeks 4 days when I went into OB for signs of miscarriage, so that means is carried around that baby for 5 weeks while he/she was no longer alive anymore. I remember still "feeling" pregnant up until that fateful day when the cramping and bleeding started. In fact, the only sign that I had was that I wasn't showing like I thought I would be at 13 weeks. So, as I sit here almost 6 weeks pregnant, I am reminding myself to stay calm and give it all to God. Believe me, I looked back on everything that I did during my last pregnancy to see if I could figure out what I did to cause the miscarriage. I even blamed the hot yoga and continuing my inversions for the miscarriage for a while (still kind of do, so I quit hot yoga while we were trying and now am just doing home yoga).
Mrsavery I totally feel for you! I wish there was a way to bring the innocence back to pregnancy after losses. I just read stillbirthday.com's blog tonight about how "every pregnancy loss is still a birthday". I completely agree with that! I will be keeping ou and your little bean in my prayers! Hugs xx treehugger.gif
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